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Kankurô Nakamura ...
Dôgen (as Kantarô Nakamura)
Yuki Uchida ...
Orin
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Jakuen / Kugyô Minamotono
Kengo Kôra ...
Shunryô
Ken'ichirô Yasui ...
Gikai
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Ejô
Masanobu Katsumura ...
Yoshishige Hatano
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Tokiyori Hôjô
Tianyong Zheng ...
Nyôjô
Masahiko Nishimura ...
Setsu-ô
Shun Sugata ...
Kônin
Shô Aikawa ...
Matsuzô
Takashi Sasano ...
Rôsô
Keiko Takahashi ...
Ishi
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Kiyomi Doi
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'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a Buddhist teacher. One bright morning, enlightened, Zenji returns to Japan as a devoted evangelist of the 'new' Buddhism. However, this new form of Buddhism is not accepted in all communities. Written by Rene Guillot

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The staff with jingling rings on the top that the monks carry is called a shakujo in Japanese. It was used as a walking stick, a weapon, an alarm to scare away animals and as a signal to people that a monk was nearby. See more »

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I loved this movie--- so good
26 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching this movie at the UW screening before it is released nationwide. I have to say that I am deeply moved by it despite the fact that some of the Chinese characters are played by Japanese.There are several scenes that are so captivating, leaving my heart filled with excitement, joy and at the same time sorrow. The last few scenes really made this movie stand out. I especially enjoyed the little girl's explanation of what she is doing and how this is reflected in the Buddha in her heart. I believe that the Buddha in everyone's mind might be different from one another. The pursuit of the truth, tranquility and beauty might take different pathways. But what this movie reveals is the eternal power of what a man can achieve and what a man should give up. I strongly recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in some of the concepts conveyed so beautifully and profoundly.


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